Making Excuses ESL Activities and Worksheets


Excuses, Excuses

ESL Making Excuses Activity - Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this useful making excuses speaking activity, students practice giving excuses, starting with I'm sorry... Student A looks at a diary of their partner's behaviour last week and asks for reasons for their actions, e.g. 'Why were you late for class last Monday?' Student B uses the picture prompt for that day and gives an excuse with I'm sorry..., e.g. 'I'm sorry I was late for class. There was a traffic jam'. Student A listens to each excuse and writes the corresponding day next to the appropriate picture. Afterwards, students swap roles and repeat the process with Student B asking for reasons for Student A's actions and their partner responding with excuses. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers.
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The Rascally Robinsons

ESL Making Excuses Worksheet - Vocabulary, Reading and Writing Exercises: Matching, Gap-fill, Categorising, Identifying, Writing Sentences from Prompts - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this comprehensive making excuses worksheet, students learn how to make excuses for different transgressions. First, students read about the naughty acts of the four Robinson children and complete each excuse with an appropriate statement. Students then complete common excuses with vocabulary from a box. Next, students match transgressions with excuses and decide whether the excuses are good or bad and sort them accordingly. After that, students underline the phrases for making excuses. Finally, students write their own excuses for different transgressions using the phrases.
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What's your excuse?

ESL Making Excuses Activity - Speaking: Matching, Identifying, Responding to Statements and Questions, Writing Sentences - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this free making excuses speaking activity, students make excuses in response to requests, invitations and accusations using a variety of phrases. First, students match requests, invitations and accusations with the correct excuses. Next, students underline the phrases from the first exercise that are used to make excuses. After that, in pairs, students take it in turns to read out the requests, invitations and accusations listed to their partner who gives an excuse for each one. Students then write their partner's excuse in the space provided. Finally, review the excuses students gave for each item as a class.
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